Meals will likely be flying within the hangar on the Lengthy Seashore Alternate this month – Press Telegram
A list of targets is on a flight board in the hangar. Instead of cities, the options are the soon-to-be-open Moncton Food Hall, and include restaurants like Jay Bird’s Nashville Hot Chicken and Amorcito Mexican restaurant.
The directory is a nod to the city’s aviation history in the 26-acre Moncton Exchange retail property at 3991 N. Lakewood Blvd., known as LBX, which was built on land that was formerly home to Boeing Co.
The hangar opens with many tenants attending the Giving Gala on February 13th to help local nonprofits. However, most of the 14 spaces in the grocery hall are expected to be operational on Feb.21, said Bryon Ward, president of property developer Burnham Ward Properties, LLC.
“This is the heartbeat of LBX. Here we have the largest collection of dining options. This is where we will host and host events, community events and various gatherings, ”said Ward.
The 16,800 square foot building will house many of the most important dining destinations in a space that feels like you’re about to fly.
“They are all small, cooking-oriented concepts in which the owners and operations are closely involved … and we have everything from Vietnamese banh-mi sandwiches (from Bite Mi) to Doner G, a Turkish Mediterranean grill, plaid sheep, a grilled cheese Bar with cheeses from all over the world and not quite the grilled cheese sandwich mom used to make, ”said Ward as he stood in the dining room while the owners worked on the finishing touches for their stands.
Other sales outlets in the Food Hall are the Bottlecraft beer spot, which had a gentle opening on February 4th. The Kroft, a gastropub that offers craft beers and house specialties like poutine; the New York-based pop bar that serves popsicles; and the first Portola Coffee Roasters location outside of Orange County.
“A lot of Moncton people come to our Costa Mesa store because that was next, and I’ve had a lot of conversations with people in that community who have asked me when we’re going to Moncton,” said Jeff Duggan, owner of Portola coffee roaster.
In addition to the flight board, there are other details that pay tribute to aviation throughout the hangar, including a wall of white clocks telling the time in 12 locations across the United States called Moncton, including Ohio, New York, Indiana, Washington and of course local time.
Another wall is adorned with pictures of vintage airplanes and aircraft gauges, while black and white pictures from the 1940s of airplanes made at the Moncton plant and busy workers hang around the room.
“It’s supposed to look like an old aircraft hangar … from the sliding doors … to the American flag hanging up here. Every detail is considered even though it was part of an original aircraft hangar,” said Steve Thorp, director of the project developer.
There are also minor details, such as male and female figures with parachutes marking the toilets and the number “68” marking the end of the runway leading to the front door.
This number represents a significant number in the region’s aviation history, but the developers aren’t telling people what this means. So you have to be a real aviation fan to find out.